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Dub, n. Also: dowbe, doub(e, dobe. [MLG., LG., and WFris. dobbe.]

1. A small and stagnant pool of water. (a) Wateris of pulis and dubbis ar hate in somer … , for caus thai ryn nocht; Hay II. 139/6.
The daillis deip with dubbis drounit is; Henr. Fab. 1691.
To ij childer that chasit dukis in the dubbis; 1496 Treas. Acc. I. 305.
The streme … Ane standand stank semyt for to be, Or than a smoith puyl. or dub lovn and fair; Doug. viii. ii. 49.
Ane mos [they had] … vpoun the tother syde, With mony dubbis that war bayth deip and wyde; Stewart 51220.
Draiglit throw dirtie dubbis and dykis; Montg. Flyt. 381 (T).
Moray land … is eivin and plane, without dubis and myres; Dalr. I. 44/10.
The dub quhilk is the heid of Kingsonesburnes and syke; 1632 Lanark B. Rec. 325.
The great Herculean club Bruis'd Hydra in the Lerne dub; Adamson Muses Thr. 3.
The said Robert … was by himself running through dubs and myrs; 1650 Stirling Ant. IV. 157.
fig. Repent ȝe sall quhen ȝe ar thrall, Fra tyme that dub be lavit; Balnavis Bann. MS. 138 a/4.
(b) Ane roud of land … on the est syd of the Foull Doub, … and Finlay Donaldsonis berne … lyand sydlingis to the said Foull Poull; 1558 Inverness B. Rec. I. 16.
In doube thow baths quyting the fontane cleir; J. Stewart 72/66.
Romulus the first king of the Romanes ewaniseit at the dowbe of Caprea; 1588 Cath. Tr. 189.

b. Without article. He … lap ouer leis, and draif throw dub and myre; Henr. Fab. 2525.
Thre dayis in dub amang the dukis He did with dirt him hyde; Dunb. xxxiii. 119.
Thay gyue bakis, ouer hil and hoip, … dub and myre, mos and mure; Dalr. I. 163/16.

2. A puddle, esp. on a road or street. Thurlgill thrang till a club So fers he flaw in a dub; Colk. Sow 220.
The plane stretis and euery hie way Full of floschis, dubbis, myre, and clay; Doug. vii. Prol. 54.
In contempt of the syde taillis, That duddrounis & duntibouris throu the dubbis trailis; Lynd. Syde Taillis 175.
Louss lecherie … Throch euerie dobe hir blaidit rob did traill; J. Stewart 226 § 107.
The kirkyaird being so taine up and sunk with dubbs of water; 1641 Dunferm. Kirk S. 8.
As she went home … she imagined she fell in a dub and was all wett; 1662 Highland P. III. 15.
For removeing … the middings, fulȝie. and dubs af of the same [streets]; 1675 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 291.

3. Water from, or of, a pool or puddle. Casting of petmow & dub in hir hall dur; 1538 Aberd. B. Rec. (J).
He dammys the commond wennall that na man may pas … trocht the samyn for dube and myre to thair kneis; 1567 Inverness B. Rec. I. 157.

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"Dub n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 14 Apr 2021 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/dub_n>



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